The Squire is proud to present Rockford High School’s top ten students according to their amazing high school grade-point average. We also applaud all graduates on reaching this milestone achievement and wish this year’s students all the best as they move on to the next achievements of their lives. Julia Ceglowski Julia Ceglowski is Rockford’s highest academic student with a grade-point average of 4.644. The daughter of Dan and Andrea Ceglowski, she is sister to Peter, 15. Julia is an Advanced Placement Scholar, a Rockford Public Schools “Example in Excellence” and an All State athlete in water polo. In other activities besides studies and sports, Julia also enjoys puzzles and reading to younger students at Valley View Elementary School. She is a volunteer at the Kent County Humane Society, where she loves to play with and walk dogs that are awaiting adoption. She also volunteers at Spring Hill Camps and is a tutor. Julia goes on to Colgate University, where she will study mathematics. At Rockford Public Schools, Julia said she has learned to “never take life too seriously and try new things.” Kendra Bilardello Kendra Anjali Bilardello is ranked second i academic among her graduating class of 2012 with a grade-point average of 4.631. She is the daughter of Dave and Michelle Bilardello and sister to Taylor, 16. Among Kendra’s accomplishments during her years at Rockford are completion of seven Advanced Placement classes. She is the winner of the Harvard Book Award, a member of the National Honor Society, an Advanced Placement Scholar and has been recognized as Student of the Month. She is also a veteran of Grand Rapids Community College mathematics competitions. In addition to her hard work in her studies, Kendra is a four-year varsity crew athlete who also played basketball for Rockford for two years. She has been the crew website coordinator and a volunteer for Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. She has also coached and refereed community camps and games. Also talented in language, Kendra has completed a Spanish course at La Universidad de Granada, Spain. Kendra is a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. As the next step in her bright academic career, Kendra is going to study at University of Notre Dame in Science, Technology, Engineering […]
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that Rockford High School (RHS) senior Ashley Rister was named the recipient of its $1,000 college scholarship. A panel of 14 board members had the difficult task of poring over submitted applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner. The applicants answered the timely question, “With so many polarizing views and opinions in local, national and global conversation, how can business and individuals work to bring a community together?” Rister impressed the judges with her essay and her involvement in the community to earn the scholarship award. She participates on the high school varsity ski team, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Special Olympics coach, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the RHS Youth Initiative. Rister will be attending the Honor’s College at Grand Valley State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is intending to follow that up with a master’s in occupational therapy. The scholarship was announced during RCC’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 17. Rister will be honored again at the RHS Honors Convocation Ceremony.
The ski season got off to a slow start this year with the limited snowfall. Despite the weather, however, the Rockford Rams ski team has been training hard and is off to a strong start. They have been conducting training sessions up north—where the snow has been better and the terrain is more difficult—to improve their speed and agility. Both the boys and girls teams are a good mix of tenured skiers and incoming freshmen. Many of the kids have been racing together since a young age. According to girls coach Molly Noakes, “Our season has started out great! We have a young team this year and yet the girls are looking great! We have been pulling in thirds and fourths this season, however, only several points away from being in second place. If the girls continue with their determination, I don’t see second place in the conference far off.” There are two seniors on the team this year and both contribute consistently to the success of the team. Jake Lewis and Ashley Rister have been part of the team for their entire high school career. Boys coach Terry Avink commented, “Jake is a great leader whose presence generate a positive attitude with our team.” Noakes said, “Ashley’s positive attitude and leadership has earned her the title of captain this year. She has come a long way in her racing and that can only be attributed to her drive to constantly be a better racer. She has been an absolute joy to coach the last four years!” When asking Jake and Ashley why they love to ski, Jake replied, “I like hanging out with the team and being able to do what I love,” and Ashley’s response was, “Everything! It’s challenging, makes me work hard, and everything about it is fun!” The team will be participating in two races next week up north in addition to the weekly races at Cannonsburg Ski Area. They are working hard and are looking to do well at the conference races in addition to the regional race on February 16. The varsity races are on Tuesday evenings at 4:30 p.m. and the junior varsity races are on Thursday evenings at 4:30 p.m.